Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to the Coronavirus
As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Ohio Hospital for Psychiatry to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Ohio Hospital for Psychiatry.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

As Southwestern Ohio County Tops Nation in Per Capita Opioid Overdose Deaths, State Takes Action

Montgomery County, Ohio, was recently given a title that no community wants to receive: the overdose capital of the United States.

According to a June 19 article on the website of Columbus news station WCMH-TV, Montgomery County experienced 365 overdose deaths in the first five months of 2017. In all of 2016, the county had 371 overdose deaths. In the WCMH-TV article, Montgomery County Coroner Kent Harshbarger described the ongoing overdose epidemic as a “mass-casualty event.”

The vast majority of the county’s overdose deaths involve the illicit use of opioids.

Police officers and other first responders in Montgomery County are equipped with nasal spray versions of naloxone, a medication that can reverse the effects of opioid overdose if administered in time. However, the dramatic increase in opioid abuse means that Montgomery County deputies are responding to multiple opioid overdoses every day, and naloxone is not a foolproof solution.

Montgomery County is located in southwestern Ohio, about 80 miles from the state capital, Columbus.

A Statewide Problem

The prevalent abuse of prescription painkillers, including oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine, and fentanyl, has taken a severe toll on communities throughout Ohio.

According to the 2015 Ohio Drug Overdose Report, the Ohio Department of Health identified fentanyl as a main contributor to the state’s rising rates of opioid addiction and opioid overdose. The annual number of fentanyl overdoses in Ohio increased from 503 in 2014 to 1,155 in 2015. Over the same period, the total annual overdose deaths in Ohio increased from 2,531 to 3,050.

The 2015 Ohio Drug Overdose Report also noted that opioids were involved in 84.9% of all unintentional drug overdoses in Ohio in 2015. Experts believe that as many as 200,000 individuals in the state of Ohio are currently struggling with an opioid addiction.

Ohio Sues Drug Manufacturers

Reflecting the degree to which opioid abuse and addiction have impacted individuals and families throughout Ohio, the state’s attorney general recently sued five drug manufacturers for their role in promoting the increased use of dangerous opioids.

In May, the state of Ohio filed a lawsuit in the Ross County Court of Common Pleas, claiming that five major drug manufacturers had contributed to the state’s opioid epidemic by engaging in fraudulent practices.

A May 31 press release that was posted on the website of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWineidentified the defendants in the lawsuit as Purdue Pharma, Endo Health Solutions, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Johnson & Johnson, and Allergan.

“We believe the evidence will also show that these companies got thousands and thousands of Ohioans … addicted to opioid pain medications, which has all too often led to use of the cheaper alternatives of heroin and synthetic opioids,” Atty. Gen. DeWine said in the release. “These drug manufacturers led prescribers to believe that opioids were not addictive, that addiction was an easy thing to overcome, or that addiction could actually be treated by taking even more opioids.”

In the May 31 press release, Atty. Gen. DeWine also noted that the lawsuit was filed in Ross County because southern Ohio has been hit particularly hard by the opioid epidemic. Ross County is about 45 miles south of Columbus and about 77 miles southeast of Dayton, which is the county seat of Montgomery County.

Ohio Hospital for Psychiatry was the only treatment option that was able to help me make a breakthrough in improving my mental health. It was obvious that Ohio Hospital's staff were experts in their field, and everyone was great!

– Mary B.